Didier Deschamps will reveal today, Thursday, his list of matches for the French national team against Austria and Denmark in the Nations League on 22 and 25 September. There may be several novelties in the group, while the Blues’ top players will be absent, or uncertain.
Didier Deschamps will have to lay off several players in the last two matches of the Blues ahead of the World Cup in Qatar. The following list, which was revealed on Thursday, will therefore be able to give some valuable indications, before knowing the players who make up the group for the World Cup. Paul Pogba, who has been troubled by additional athletic issues but above all due to a meniscus operation, will miss the list on Thursday, as will N’Golo Kante (31), who has suffered a muscle injury and must return to work. Chelsea’s training this Thursday, which seems too short to be called up with the FA. Benzema cream is also very uncertain after muscle imbalance.
Mandanda at No. 3?
According to what was revealed blue France, Steve Mandanda pre-chosen by Didier Deschamps. For the former OM goalkeeper, this seems like a fair comeback. He was succeeded by Didier Deschamps since September 2021, due to his position as a substitute in Marseille last season, Steve Mandanda, Rennes goalkeeper this season, regained playing time and appeared in the eyes of the national coach. He was preceded in particular by Alphonse Areola (29 years old) during the previous meetings, as Steve Mandanda could find a place in third place in the French team, behind Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) and Mike Minnian (AC Milan), while Alphonse Areola was on the bench at West Ham (4 games in total, 1 Premier League). Answer Thursday for the 37-year-old janitor.
First for Terrier and Bourigeaud?
There are two more Rennes in this pre-selection, which often includes around fifty players: Martin Terrier and Benjamin Beuregood. The two players haven’t been called up to the Blues, but in shape in recent months, it could be Thursday. Martin Terrier (25) makes a good start to the season (3 goals and 1 assist in 8 games), after a successful season (46 games, 21 goals, 7 assists). Benjamin Beuregood has been more conservative this year (8 games, 1 assist), after an impressive financial year 2021-2022 (48 games, 12 goals, 16 assists).
In the news section, Valentin Rongier (OM), who has never been called in blue, got a call ahead.